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Breaking News! This Just In, Fargo-Moorhead Has A Great Dining Scene

PHOTOS BY Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography

This is not fake news. There are few people in town who have their ear to the ground more than local reporters. That’s why we went to several news anchors and radio personalities to ask them one hard-hitting question: Where’s the best place in town to go eat?

Kristi Larson

Valley Today Reporter/North Dakota Today Host

Bio
I have been working in the news business for six years and I love how it brings so many new moments. I’m always up for an adventure that my job gives me every day. Sometimes, I’m riding in an airplane, then I’m jumping on a trampoline or petting a zoo animal. One of my favorite things is meeting new people, hearing and sharing their stories, especially if they are people who love pickles!

Favorite Restaurant
Brickhouse Tavern

Favorite Dish
Of course, I love to start with the wonton wrapped deep fried pickles. (YUMMM!) But then I always go for one of two items: pizza or the mile high brisket sandwich.

Why do you love it?
I love digging into this giant sandwich. They pile on the juicy beef brisket smothered in BBQ sauce perfectly on a toasted bun. Every bite satisfies your craving for smokey meat and delicious sauce.

And, pickle lovers listen up. This appetizer is a big dill. The wonton wrapped deep fried pickles are a great way to kick off your meal. The pickle is partnered with swiss cheese before being wrapped in a wonton skin and lightly fried. When placed on your table, the wonton is crisp, the cheese is melted and the pickle keeps its crunch. Definitely, a must-have menu item.

Alison Voorhees

News Anchor, KVRR

Bio
I’m an evening anchor and producer for KVRR Local News at 6 and 9 p.m. I’ve been at the anchor desk for nearly three years. I started at the local FOX station eight years ago as a production assistant. I’m a true Minnesota girl. I was born and raised in Appleton before moving to Moorhead to attend college at MSUM where I graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. My family, friends and co-workers know me for my obsession with food and trying out new restaurants, especially locally.

Favorite Restaurant
Blackbird Woodfire

Favorite Dish
The BLT pizza

Why do you love it?
I’m in love with anything and everything centered around a BLT, so this is perfect for me. It’s made with Harissa aioli, smoked bacon, fresh tomatoes and topped with fig balsamic mixed greens. To make the meal even better, I always order their wedge salad with smoked bacon, crumbled gorgonzola and walnuts as a starter. It all tastes fresh while I still feel like I’m indulging

Ashley Thornberg

Co-host of Main Street, Prairie Public Broadcasting

Bio
I’m a radio host and producer at Prairie Public Broadcasting and will interview anyone with a passion. I’ve been strapped into a jet-powered U-haul, co-piloted a stunt plane, flown through a solar eclipse and had a tarantula make a nest in my hair, all in the name of a good story. I started my career teaching and writing outside of Paris. Though I’m no longer in France, a piece of my soul will always be. I enjoy traveling, experimenting with food, refinishing wood and pretending to be good at dancing.

Favorite Restaurant
Everest Tikka House in the Moorhead Center Mall

Favorite Dish
Momos

Don’t make me choose just one! But I have to say I can put down an absurd amount of momos. And I can’t leave without a mango lassi. However, my absolute favorite way to eat from Tikka is to have it delivered to Moorhead’s Junkyard Brewing.

Why do you love it?
Great flavor, great service, easy to bike to.

Doug Hamilton

Co-host of Main Street, Prairie Public Broadcasting

Bio
I’ve been on the air in Fargo-Moorhead for a while. My first gig was on campus radio at Moorhead State in 1967. I spent a few years as a reporter, producer and anchor at KXJB-TV (CBS) and three stints at KTHI-TV (now KVLY) ending in 1995. In the mid-80s, I hosted “Morning Edition in the Twin Cities” for Minnesota Public Radio and since 2012, I’ve been the host of “Main Street” at 3 p.m. on weekday afternoons for Prairie Public’s radio network.

From 1997 to 2011, I was an administrator at MSU Moorhead and I served on the president’s cabinet with duties that included managing the foundation and alumni relations and marketing and public relations.

I’ve been a member of Actors’ Equity since 1974 and have performed roles in Fargo-Moorhead for Theatre B, FMCT, Music Theater Fargo-Moorhead, MSU Moorhead and others. I’ve been a voice-over artist since 1972.

Favorite Restaurant
I favor Mezzaluna for downtown dining, Rosey’s Bistro for a taste of Broadway and Doolittle’s for my neighborhood nosh.

Favorite Dish
My favorite Mezzaluna dish is often the chef’s specialty for the evening. I like a little adventure.

Why do you love it?
As a member of the Mezzalunatics, I can testify to the quality of the Happy Hour. It’s the best deal in town – but it’s only an hour.

Riley Miller

WDAY/WDAZ News, First News Anchor/Producer

Bio
I am a Kentucky native and came to Fargo in 2016 after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Broadcast Journalism degree. I started working as a reporter at WDAY, then I began anchoring First News last January. I love cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and the Nashville Predators. My hobbies include yoga, Pilates, running and playing with my sweet chihuahua, Ruby.

Favorite Restaurant
Reese and Riley’s

Favorite Dish
Sunday brunch

I love their bottomless Sunday Brunch. It has such a variety of foods, and you can try different olive oils to give your food a unique twist. The quality of the food is great, and the staff is so friendly.

Why do you love it?
I love the restaurant because the food is delicious, and because of the name (my name is Riley, obviously, and my little sister’s name is Reese!)

JJ Gordon

Co-host of “It Takes 2” on KFGO

Bio
I was born and raised in Fargo and have never met a brunch I didn’t like. During the day, I’m a co-host of “It Takes 2” on KFGO – The Mighty 790. When not on the airwaves, you can find me entertaining across the region as a member of The LineBenders Comedy Troupe.

Favorite Restaurant
Cork N’ Cleaver

Favorite Dish
House cut prime rib

Why do you love it?
Stepping into the Cork N’ Cleaver is like traveling back in time to an era where a steak doesn’t come out of a microwave – it’s cooked to perfection over a flame or slow roasted in an oven dedicated to sealing in a delicious flavor. The House Cut, with a doneness of Medium, is the perfect delight for my appetite. Add that famous salad bar and a Red River Valley Baked Potato and you have the same meal my mom and dad enjoyed when they were my age. Timeless.

*This article originally appeared in Fargo By Fargo. To read the full issue of Fargo By Fargo, click here!

Written by Andrew Jason

Andrew Jason is the Editorial Director at Spotlight Media. He oversees the production and the wonderful team behind Fargo Monthly, Fargo INC!, Bison Illustrated and Design and Living magazines. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons and pretending he's a much better piano player than he actually is.

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